Gastroenterology Center of the South
8120 Main St., Ste. 200, Houma, LA 70360
If you have insurance, your name must be written as it is shown on your insurance card.
Your account will be under this name. No exceptions are made for change in marital status,
nicknames or any other reason. Your driver's license should also match the name on your insurance card.
If it does not match, you should update the incorrect information and notify us as soon as possible.
I HAVE READ, UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO THE OFFICE APPOINTMENT AND FINANCIAL POLICY SET FORTH BY GASTROENTEROLOGY
CENTER OF THE SOUTH. I, THE UNDERSIGNED CERTIFY THAT I (OR MY DEPENDENT) HAVE THE ABOVE INSURANCE AND ASSIGN
DIRECTLY TO GASTROENTEROLOGY CENTER OF THE SOUTH ALL INSURANCE BENEFITS, IF ANY, OTHERWISE PAYABLE TO ME FOR
THE SERVICES RENDERED. I HEREBY AUTHORIZE THE DOCTOR TO RELEASE ALL INFORMATION NECESSARY TO MY INSURANCE COMPANY
AND OR PHYSICIANS. I HAVE BEEN INFORMED OF THE GASTROENTEROLOGY CENTER OF THE SOUTH’S NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES.
A COPY OF THE NOTICE IS ALSO AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. IF I CHOOSE, OR AM NOT ABLE TO SIGN. A STAFF MEMBER WILL SIGN
HIS/HER NAME AND DATE. THIS ACKNOWLEDGEMENT WILL BE FILED WITH MY RECORDS.
The above information is being requested for meaningful use electronic requirements as set forth by the Medicare
Electric Healthcare Record Incentive Program and in compliance with the Health Information Technology for Economic
and Clinical Health Act(HITECH). Where there are laws or regulations covering this type of information, we will
collect, retain and use the data in full compliance with applicable laws. We do not provide the information we
collect to other third parties unless it is required to do so by a valid court order, government agency order
or information request, or unless it has legitimate business for doing so and the third party agrees to similar
restrictions or disclosure and use of information.
CONSENT FOR RELEASE OF HEALTH INFORMATION
However, if you request us to discuss anything concerning your health information with anyone than other
than yourself, we must have written consent. This information may include, but not limited to, test results,
appointment, medications, and diagnosis. Please check the appropriate box and add information if indicated.
AUTHORIZED INDIVIDUAL(S) WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT AS OF THIS DATE UNTIL I MAKE CHANGES.
GASTROENTEROLOGY CENTER OF THE SOUTH
OUR PRACTICE POLICY:
We are dedicated to providing you with the best possible care and service, and we want to help you understand our
financial policies as an essential part of your care and treatment. To assist you, we have the following payment
policy. If you have any questions, please feel free to discuss them with our staff. Unless either you or your health
insurance carriers have made other arrangements in advance, full payment is due at the time of services. For your
convenience we accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
If you do not currently have insurance coverage, full payment is required at the time of service.
Any problems with payment for procedures will be addressed to the collections department.
We have made prior arrangements with many insurers and other health plans. We will bill those plans with
which we have an agreement and will collect any required co-payments at the time of service. The co-payment
will be collected before you leave our office. If a procedure is scheduled, a deposit on that procedure will
be collected. This deposit may not cover the total co-insurance that will be due, so there may be additional charges.
Please also note that the day of the procedure which is done at Terrebonne General Medical Center as an Outpatient
Procedure, there will also be a charge for Terrebonne General Medical Center.
In the event that your health plan decides that a service is “non-covered”, you will be responsible for the
entire charge. In this event, we will bill you and payment is due no later than 30 days from receipt of that statement.
If you have insurance coverage with a plan with which we do not have an agreement, we will prepare and send the
claim from for you, free of charge. In this case, your insurer will send the payment directly to you. Therefore,
charges for your care and treatment are due at the time of service.
We will also bill your health plan for all services we provide in the hospital. Any balance due is your responsibility
and is due no later than 30 days from receipt for a statement from our office.
I agree that if payment is not made in a timely manner and should this office find it necessary to place my account
with an agency for collection, I agree to pay a collection fee for 50% of the amount owed at the time of placement.
In addition, I also agree to pay any and all court costs and attorney fees at the rate of 33.3% or $75.00, whichever
is greater, on any balance due and owing.
In order to provide the best possible service and availability to all our patients, it is imperative that you call us
for any cancellations at least one day in advance. As a courtesy to others, pleased contact us as early as possible if
you know you will need to reschedule an appointment.
I have read and understand the financial policy of Gastroenterology Center of the South and I agree to abide by its
terms. I also understand and agree that such policies may be changed from time to time by the practice.
Patient Portal Announcement
In our ongoing efforts to improve the quality of care that
Gastroenterology Center of the South
provides, we are
pleased to announce the availability of our Patient Portal to better serve you. The Patient Portal is a secure,
web-based system that allows you to view certain aspects of your medical record. The portal also allows you to securely
communicate with us between visits for
issues and questions. You can even download and securely transmit a
summary of your medical record to other web-based applications and providers of care. Over time we will be phasing in
various features and functions that will be available through the Patient Portal.
What Can I Do With The Portal?
In its initial phase, functions available through the portal include:
You can view your current medications, medication allergies, and medical problems.
The medical problems listed may be limited to only those problems for which we are providing care.
You can view summaries of past visits that we may have posted to your portal
account and you can also view details (i.e. date, time, type of visit) for upcoming appointments.
Once your doctor reviews your lab or test results, we will post these results,
along with a personal note from your doctor about the results to your Patient Portal account.
The Patient Portal allows you to securely communicate with our office.
The Secure messages you send to us through the portal, much like phone messages, will be routed by
our office staff to the appropriate person and will enable us to respond to you in the most appropriate
fashion. In other words, this is not necessarily a message sent directly to your doctor, but potentially
may be screened and routed by our nurses and administrative staff. Please keep in mind the messages you
send (and our responses) will automatically be filed in your electronic medical record at our office.
- Generate a Personal Health Record –
This function will enable you to generate a summary of your medical record in a
secure and standard format. This summary record can then be downloaded or transmitted to another provider
(or system) that is compliant with industry standard formats.
Is My Information Secure?
Gastroenterology Center of the South,
we take your privacy and the security for your personal health information
very seriously. Both our Electronic Medical Records system and the Patient Portal have been certified by the proper
federal authorities to ensure the security of your information. Additionally, our clinic has employed additional
Information Technology safeguards to protect the data. Finally, the process for you to initiate the Patient Portal
functions, and for you to receive ongoing information though the portal, has been designed to provide you, and persons
you authorize, to have access to your personal health information. However, in today’s internet connected world
it is all but impossible to completely ensure privacy and security. We are taking all steps we can, but there are
steps you should also take to ensure security and privacy, including:
We will only activate your Patient Portal account through the use of a personal
email address that you provide to us. We will not activate your Patient Portal account until we receive
this email address from you. We will not send personal health information to this email account, but rather
you will use that email address along with a unique password that you choose, and the last for digits of
your social security number, to authenticate your access to the Patient Portal where your electronic health
information will be located.
Once you have authorized us to activate your Patient Portal account, we will
send a Welcome Email to the email address you provided to us. This Welcome Email will provide you with
the information necessary for you to login to the portal, view your health information, and begin interacting
with us. When we “post” information to your Patient Portal, you will receive an email notifying you the new
information is available and you will again login to the portal to view the information.
How Do I Accept or Decline?
Along with this announcement, we have provided you with
complete instructions on how to activate your online access to the portal as well as complete instructions on
how to use the portal. Please choose to either authorize us to activate your account or decline the activation
using the appropriate section below:
I have read and understand the Patient Portal Announcement, the Patient Portal Online Access Instructions,
and the Patient Portal Guidelines & Usage Instructions and authorize
Gastroenterology Center of the South
to activate my Patient Portal Account using the email address indicated below.
I understand that it is my responsibility to safeguard the email address and my Patient Portal Password in order to
maintain the security and privacy of my personal health information. I also understand that
Gastroenterology Center of the South
will use the Patient
Portal as a means of communicating with me when appropriate. I further understand that the Patient Portal is not to
be used for urgent medical needs nor does it replace the need for me to keep my regular appointments with my doctor:
**PLEASE NOTIFY US IMMEDIATELY IF YOU CHANGE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS**
I have read and understand the Patient Portal Announcement, the Patient Portal Online Access Instructions, and the
Patient Portal Guidelines & Usage Instructions and choose to decline the use of the Patient Portal at this time.